Antimicrobial resistance

Antimicrobial resistance

Antimicrobials, such as antibiotics, are substances that kill or stop the growth of microorganisms, such as bacteria and fungi. Antibiotics are specifically used to target the bacteria responsible for an infection or disease and are commonly used in veterinary and human medicine. However, the emergence of resistant bacteria due to continued, and sometimes indiscriminate, use of antimicrobials in humans and animals poses a serious risk to public health. The challenge is to minimise the threat from antimicrobial resistance and to ensure that antimicrobial effectiveness is preserved for health. For it, appropriate and responsible use of antimicrobials, including antibiotics, is urgently required by all.


What is antibiotic resistance and how does it spread? (Infographic)

01 December 2015

How does resitant bacteria spread? Our infographic gives you the breakdown on antibiotic resistance.


Antimicrobial Resistance (Q&A)

03 March 2015

An antimicrobial is the general term used for any drug that works to cure infections caused by microorganisms, such as viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites...


Antimicrobial resistance: a shared responsibility

16 October 2013

The emergence and spread of microbes that are resistant to affordable “first-line” medicines is an inevitable result of their continued, and sometimes indiscriminate, use in humans and animals.


EFSA and ECDC publish new European Union summary report on antimicrobial resistance

25 June 2013

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in collaboration with the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) recently released the 2010 European Union (EU) Summary Report on antimicrobial resistance in zoonotic and indicator bacteria from humans, animals and food.This article focuses on the findings for two zoonotic bacteria, Campylobacter and Salmonella.



EFSA and ECDC release the 2011 European Union summary report on zoonoses and foodborne outbreaks

14 May 2013

The 2011 European Union summary report on trends and sources of zoonoses and foodborne outbreaks has recently been published by the...


EFSA and ECDC release new European Union summary report on trends and sources of zoonoses

05 February 2012

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in collaboration with the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) recently released its latest report on trends and sources...